During a residency at a Canadian nightclub , Blondheim, too, decided on a name change, having been told by a comedian that he looked like a Scottie dog. Phillips suggested the surname McKenzie, after his own daughter Mackenzie , hence Scott McKenzie.
Ach, Scott McKenzie. , an einer hinterhältigen Nervenkrankheit, leblos aufgefunden von der Haushälterin, ein einsamer Rentner des Showgeschäfts. Der Mann, der in seinem Song "San Francisco" meinte, seine Generation habe "eine neue Erklärung" und werde alles anders machen, stirbt einen ganz gewöhnlichen, traurigen Tod.
His first album, The Voice of Scott McKenzie, was followed by one featuring all his own songs, Stained Glass Morning. Success eluded him, and in 1970 he moved to Joshua Tree, a California desert town near Palm Springs, where he was often observed wandering barefoot, talking to plants.